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Paul Robinson has delivered a shock verdict on the number nine position at Leeds next season.
He thinks that Patrick Bamford will lead the line for Leeds and leave record-signing Rodrigo out on the wings.
Rodrigo led the line for Spain in their 1-1 draw against Germany on Thursday and his £27m fee smashes the former Leeds transfer record of £18m.
However, despite all the criticism that Bamford got last season, Robinson thinks he will be Bielsa’s main striker in the Premier League.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “Well, I think at the moment Patrick Bamford will play – you’ve seen how much Marcelo Bielsa trusts his players and Bielsa trusts Bamford.
“From the outside looking in, Bamford starts, with Rodrigo playing wide left or wide right, with or without Jack Harrison and Helder Costa.
“It’s a squad game now and more than ever you need goals throughout your squad.
“Rodrigo is a great signing and he’ll add a lot for Leeds but he’s not the number nine that Leeds will rely on through the season.
“He’s only scored 59 goals in 220 games for Valencia. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a quality addition for Leeds but he’s not an out-and-out striker.”
Bielsa does trust his players and he’s put immense faith in Patrick Bamford.
It would be a major shock for us if Rodrigo didn’t play the number nine spot, but he can play in the wide positions.
And, while Leeds fans might want a 20-goal-a-season striker, Sheffield United finished in the top ten last season with a six-goal top scorer.
Bamford could hold onto the number nine spot – stranger things have happened and we do think that he will start up front against Liverpool, at least.
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